MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 1,732 this week

The Brøken (2008)

5.5
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 5.5/10 from 7,828 users  
Reviews: 75 user | 101 critic

In London, the radiologist Gina McVey organizes a surprise birthday party to her father John McVey with her boyfriend Stefan Chambers, her brother Daniel McVey and his girlfriend Kate ... See full summary »

Director:

Writer:

Watch Trailer
0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

From $2.99 on Amazon Instant Video

Editors' Spotlight

Alpha House Premieres Today

All ten episodes of the second season of "Alpha House" are available starting today. Watch them now, only on Prime Instant Video.


User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 25 titles
created 17 Jun 2011
 
a list of 37 titles
created 30 Dec 2011
 
a list of 42 titles
created 30 Dec 2011
 
a list of 31 titles
created 02 Jan 2013
 
a list of 46 titles
created 8 months ago
 

Related Items

Search for "The Brøken" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: The Brøken (2008)

The Brøken (2008) on IMDb 5.5/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The Brøken.
1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Metro Manila (2013)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Seeking a brighter future in megacity Manila, Oscar Ramirez and his family flee their impoverished life in the rice fields of the northern Philippines. But the sweltering capital's bustling... See full summary »

Director: Sean Ellis
Stars: Jake Macapagal, John Arcilla, Althea Vega
Left Turn (2001)
Short | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

A divorced father and his resentful daughter share a transcendent moment of understanding when she comes to visit him on the pretext of needing money to take a self defence course.

Director: Sean Ellis
Stars: Lucy Russell, Andrew Tiernan, Heather-Jay Jones
Cashback (2004)
Short | Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Ben is an art college student in London, whose imagination runs wild as he works the late-night shift at the local supermarket. What do he and his colleagues do to pass the long, endless hours of the night?

Director: Sean Ellis
Stars: Sean Biggerstaff, Emilia Fox, Stuart Goodwin
Drama | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Dr. Megan Pillay is on call for 24 hours when a young man, Martin, is admitted from a road traffic accident. She is determined to save him, but her colleagues are not so sure.

Director: Helena Smith
Stars: Lena Headey, Michael Luxton
Cashback (2006)
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

After a painful breakup, Ben develops insomnia. To kill time, he starts working the late night shift at the local supermarket, where his artistic imagination runs wild.

Director: Sean Ellis
Stars: Sean Biggerstaff, Emilia Fox, Michelle Ryan
Laid to Rest (2009)
Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

A terrifying story of a young girl who wakes up in a casket with a traumatic head injury and no memory of her identity. She quickly realizes she was abducted by a Deranged Serial Murderer ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Hall
Stars: Bobbi Sue Luther, Kevin Gage, Lena Headey
Slaughter (2009)
Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.5/10 X  

A young woman looks to escape her abusive life by moving to a friend's farm near Atlanta. Unfortunately, she learns her place of supposed comfort offers more terrifying forms of abuse.

Director: Stewart Hopewell
Stars: Lucy Holt, Amy Shiels, David Sterne
Anazapta (Video 2002)
Drama | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

In 1348, with the horrors of the Black Death haunting Europe, English soldiers return home from war with a French nobleman as hostage. When people in their home village soon after begin to ... See full summary »

Director: Alberto Sciamma
Stars: Lena Headey, David La Haye, Jason Flemyng
Perkins' 14 (2009)
Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  

In the small town of Stone Cove, Maine, deputy sheriff Dwayne Hopper is on the night shift at the police station. He discovers that one of the prisoners in the holding cell is Ronald ... See full summary »

Director: Craig Singer
Stars: Patrick O'Kane, Richard Brake, Michale Graves
The Red Baron (2008)
Action | Adventure | Biography
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Baron Manfred von Richthofen is the most feared and celebrated pilot of the German air force in World War I. To him and his companions, air combats are events of sporty nature, technical ... See full summary »

Director: Nikolai Müllerschön
Stars: Matthias Schweighöfer, Lena Headey, Til Schweiger
Short | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Jean-Paul Clément is on a business trip. He checks into the Dolphine Hotel for seven nights where we learn he has one saved message on his mobile phone and a personal dilemma.

Director: Sean Ellis
Stars: Guillaume Canet, Mélanie Laurent, Ines Van Houtte Sanchez
Left Bank (2008)
Drama | Horror | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

When Marie moves into her boyfriend's apartment, she uncovers a disturbing mystery.

Director: Pieter Van Hees
Stars: Eline Kuppens, Matthias Schoenaerts, Sien Eggers
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
...
...
...
...
Daren Elliott Holmes ...
Howard Ward ...
Jim
...
...
Doorman
In-Sook Chappell ...
Crash Nurse
Peta Longstaff ...
Ziad Alyan ...
Lucy Bingham ...
Marie Flood ...
Edit

Storyline

In London, the radiologist Gina McVey organizes a surprise birthday party to her father John McVey with her boyfriend Stefan Chambers, her brother Daniel McVey and his girlfriend Kate Coleman. On the next day, she sees herself driving a car on the street and she follows the woman to her apartment, where she finds a picture of her father and her. While driving back, she has a car crash and loses parts of her memory; further, she believes Stefan is another man. Gina decides to investigate what is happening and unravels a dark reality. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Face your fears.

Genres:

Drama | Horror | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some violence, brief sexuality/nudity and language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Country:

|

Language:

Release Date:

26 November 2008 (France)  »

Also Known As:

The Broken  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Box Office

Budget:

£4,000,000 (estimated)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The inventive spelling of the title reads somewhat silly in Norwegian and Danish since the Ø in broken is a letter in the alphabet in these languages and sounds like the "u" in "burden". In addition "brøken" is the Norwegian and Danish word meaning "the fraction". See more »

Goofs

As Gina walks past the wrecked cars in the wrecking yard, she passes the same car (J667 YWY) twice, only a few seconds apart, without changing direction. See more »

Quotes

[Gina is studying a set of chest X-rays in her office when Jim approaches and looks at them as well]
Gina McVey: Who are these for?
Jim: Dr. Waters.
Gina McVey: Interesting.
Jim: What?
Gina McVey: Well, do you notice anything?
Jim: They're back to front?
Gina McVey: No, look. Left and right tags.
Jim: The heart's on the right side of the body?
Gina McVey: [Nodding] Dextrocardia with situs inversus. It's not uncommon, but it's pretty rare. One in every thousand.
See more »

Crazy Credits

If the music played during the first half of the closing credits sounds a bit off, that's because it's being played backwards. See more »

Soundtracks

Are You Drunk Enough?
Written by Martin Phipps
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Manages to scare while simultaneously tickling the intellect.
5 April 2009 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

They say that a broken mirror is sure to cast seven years of bad luck (or bad sex, as a character quips early on) to those who break it, and although such a concept is deeply rooted in mystic superstition, there nevertheless remains an eerie, foreboding core to its warning. Perhaps coincidentally however, is the much more tangible, but inherently linked concept of the doppelgänger, who is said to appear either as an omen of sickness or death. Indeed, both share common principles with the mirror even producing doppelgänger's of a metaphysical sense, but both also share the undeniable clause for weariness or suspicion. Of course, in our daily lives, thinking with clear mind-frames and perspectives, such concepts are folly best left to those with padded walls. Yet, brought into the domain of film, there still remains a sense of wonder about them that allow the extra-dimensional nature of the medium to truly shine.

The Broken, which comes from up and coming writer/director Sean Ellis who last year wooed me with the surreal and abstract romance Cashback, not only indulges in these somewhat supernatural concepts tenfold, but does so in ways that the horror movie does so best. Taking a leaf from the genre's forefathers David Lynch and Alfred Hitchcock, with just a little nod here and there to the American Romantic macabre writer Edgar Allan Poe, Ellis here crafts a feature which borders on the surreal once more, this time on a much more subversive and subtle level. If you had told me that this young film-maker would go on to make a horror movie the following year after Cashback, I would have laughed it off—and yet, I would have had to choke back that laughter after catching a glimpse of what is offered here.

It all takes place in the busy city of London, as a family settles down for a small celebration of the father's birthday and retirement. During a warm, friendly dinner, the conversation is abruptly drawn to a silence when a mirror suddenly crashes down onto the floor, much to the shock—and then bemused laughter—of those there to witness. From here on in however, the laughter is far and few between from those family members. The Broken dabbles in and out of the idea that behind each of those family members' mirrors, lies an arguable alternate reality, or at least, person (read, doppelgänger), who is given form and begins to walk their own reality as if it was their own. Of course, it's certainly an unsettling idea that someone could infiltrate your own existence and somehow seek to replace you, and you can bet Ellis does well to capitalise on that sense of threat and claustrophobia.

Rather than stoop to genre clichés and derivatives however, Ellis subscribes instead to the roots of the more artistically-driven horror movie focusing largely on atmosphere and suspense with plenty of mystery in tow. By approximation, The Broken can not possibly have had any more than perhaps two or three hundred lines of dialogue inherent to its story, and so the amount of detail then that is pushed upon creating a slow-moving, but very intricate analysis of tone and eerie aesthetic, is potent. The result is a horror movie that doesn't necessarily feel like one that is out to scare you, but rather, unsettle you—make your mind race, and question the reality of what is going on within the characters' minds. Indeed, as opposed to simply delivering cheap "boo" moments, Ellis opts to get behind enemy lines, and scare from within, albeit cerebrally.

What is most interesting about The Broken however -as is usually the case with the best examples the genre has to offer- is not how Ellis manages to unsettle you, but how he gets you thinking. Behind the cold exterior and horror-movie façade of The Broken lays an intriguing allegory that sets about detailing the death of a person, or persons, through self-inflicted means. Be sure that I am not referring to suicide, or anything of a literal, substantial meaning, but purely of a psychological, or metaphysical sense. In the world of The Broken, central character Gina (Lina Headey) is on the verge of committing to a relationship; her father (Richard Jenkins) facing old age and retirement—it could be argued that many of the people within The Broken's story are facing the points in their lives where they symbolically end, with said doppelgänger therefore representing that very shift from life to death by their own hands. From this perspective, the ending to the movie attains a very poignant, and clear message.

Whether or not the viewer takes such a message away from what Ellis has to say here however, is beside the point. There still remains plenty of value of The Broken's story with or without the added benefit of subtext or allegorical meaning. The movie does have its fair share of problems most of which reside within the extremely slow-paced second act, which perhaps throws in a few too many indulgent scenes here and there with dubious characterisation; but such flaws are minor in comparison to those that we as audiences are so accustomed to when being treated to the average modern horror fare. Overall, The Broken is nevertheless a fine psychological analysis of ourselves as human beings, and how easy that barrier from sanity to insanity can be broken, with or without the accompanying seven years of misfortune. It's compelling, gripping and actually manages to scare while simultaneously tickling the intellect—now when's the last time a horror movie did that? - A review by Jamie Robert Ward (http://www.invocus.net)


41 of 59 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
I realy just didn't get it...explain plzzzz radders999
Why didn't Gina's brother get killed by his evil mirror image? wrex-wrecks
10 reasons why this movie is awful SenClayDavis
The case for The Broken ian-short2
Blu-ray? the-lyons-dendotcom
My Theory of the Movie Plot jchat72
Discuss The Brøken (2008) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?